The Trump team told the Knight Institute on July 20 that the president has no intention of unlocking those users, according to the lawsuit. The Knight Institute lawsuit seeks Trump to unlock all users, unless there are justifiable reasons to keep them locked on an individual basis.
“The continued blocking of defendants by individual plaintiffs … violates their rights to the First Amendment,” Friday’s lawsuit said. “This unconstitutionally restricts their right to read or participate in the discussion that takes place in the public forum of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
The trial continued: “It also unconstitutionally restricts their right to access statements that defendants would otherwise make available to the general public, and their right to seek government compensation for grievances.”;
Trump was ordered to unlock Twitter users in the 2018 ruling on the grounds that cutting people off from important policy announcements about things they have done on Twitter was a violation of their free speech. In opposing the ruling, the Justice Department argued that Trump’s Twitter account is not owned by the government and he is free to exclude anyone he liked on his private account, the existence of which precedes the presidency.
“An official’s decision to expel someone from his personal residence would not exercise government authority, even if he was making official statements about that property that day,” the Justice Department argued in a court in August. “And what is true of real estate is also true of a social media account.”
The White House declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.